Lot 11
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Eugène Girardet

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  • Eugène Girardet
  • Passage à Bou Saada
  • signed Eugène Girardet lower right
  • oil on canvas
  • 102 by 82.5cm., 40¼ by 32½in.


Private Collection, Paris (acquired in the 1950s)
Purchased from the above by the present owner


Paris, Salon des Artistes français, 1906, no. 711


Yoshino Shirota, La vie et l’œuvre d’Eugène Girardet, (diss.), Paris, 1994, fig. 311, illustrated in a postcard of the present work

Catalogue Note

Girardet hailed from an artistic Swiss Huguenot family, and even before his teacher Jean-Léon Gérôme encouraged him to visit the Orient he had long had the travel bug from his uncles Karl and Edouard, who had travelled to and painted Egypt; and from his father Paul, who had engraved episodes of the colonial war in Algeria after Horace Vernet. In 1874, he left for Morocco, then travelled to Tunisia and Algeria, for which he developed a particular fondness. He spent subsequent visits in Algiers and Boghari, but above all in El Kantara and Bou-Saâda, where he met Etienne Dinet (lots 9, 12, 14), who later made the oasis his home. Girardet painted simple everyday scenes like the present one: herds of goats in the dust, prayers in the desert, laundresses in the wadi, people going about their business among the red stone walls of the villages.